The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
A charge of genocide has been laid against Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) head Zackie Achmat at the International Criminal Court.
In the 59-page criminal complaint in the court in The Hague, Netherlands, Achmat is accused of promoting the provision and use of antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV.
The charge was laid by Cape Town advocate Anthony Brink of the Treatment Information Group (TIG).
The action is seen as the latest attack in the battle between the TAC and its arch-rivals who vehemently oppose the use of ARVs.
Brink has admitted that he received funding from a foundation set up by the controversial Dr Matthias Rath, who favours vitamins for the treatment of Aids.
The TAC has been at the forefront of the battle to get the government to provide the drugs to HIV-positive people.
In his complaint, Brink urges the court to charge and find Achmat "guilty of genocide - the most serious crime of concern to the international community as a whole".
He alleges that Achmat has played a "direct criminal role in the deaths of thousands of South Africans from poisoning from so-called antiretroviral drugs". - Sapa